Book reviews, Handbook of Nature Study, living science

So Many Blessings

A few families in my area, who follow Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online, are doing nature study together every Monday. Yesterday it was our first day, and such a great day it was. We are very excited about having regular walks in the same place.

It is truly a blessing to enjoy the company of like-minded friends, and to help each other be accountable. We are also (or at least one mom and I are), reading the weekly few pages of the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. These past two weeks we read about clover.

I also had the visit of lovely Kelly and her oldest daughter, who had just been at the CIRCE conference, held in Houston this year. Time passed very fast. It was such a wonderful visit. Maybe one day we can correspond. We surely will love that. She left, not before I jotted down some titles of interest.

When my list of books I want to read is growing immense and wonderfully insane, Mary Frances so timely started a group to help each other finish our books.

Some months ago we talked about titles and books, many of us picked recommendations from others, etc., and we set off to read on our own. Our book club is on pause until September, so we were reading solo, and when we read books as hefty as some of our titles, a group to keep accountable is invaluable.

This is Hopper, the grasshopper and pet of one of the families.

For the books…

The three I have committed to finish are:

Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Woodhouse

The Magic Barrel, by Bernard Malamud (This is a short stories book)

The King’s General, by Daphne du Maurier. I love it, but I keep reading other books in between, and never get inside it.

And what did I read in between?

Kristin Lavransdatter, The Wreath.
I am still deciding what to think about it, and when to read the other two of the trilogy.

What do I think of it? Excellent book. Living science. A book suitable for adults or high school students. This is such an example of a book in which the author, though with opposing views and theories to some of us, readers (he subscribes to evolution), writes with humility and humor, and exposes the difficulty of scientific theories to explain some observations.

The book mentioned Plutarch, Fabre, Linnaeus, Thoreau, The Life of Samuel Johnson, Jules Verne, Longfellow, the Fantastic Voyage film…

As the title indicates, it is the biography of a germ. The germ being Bb, short for Borrelia Burgdorferi, the germ that causes, among other diseases, Lyme disease.


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